Recently while on the road and delivering training, I came down with a throat cold that threatened to sideline me on very short notice. I started a regimen of that High Vitamin C count stuff called "Emergen-C" along with some tea, honey, and lemon. The week is done, and I have become a new fan of tea!

Don't get me wrong, I still love my morning java, but the soothing and peaceful non-caffeinated start and end to the day of a tea has become quite enjoyable. I am learning all about teas and have tried several, including a number of green teas, Earl Gray, Sweetgrass, and even a Chamomile from a number of different makers - Celestial Seasonings, Stash, Bigelow, Lipton, and others. Apparently you can also make your own from tea leaves and blanks. I've seen tea leaf infusers too - it's an entire industry!

Would love to hear others favorites, so throwing it out there: what kinds of teas do you like, and what are your favorite makers? If you make your own, what kinds of leaves do you blend? Do you have any paraphernalia or accessories that are your "must haves" when making the perfect tea?